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Monday, April 23


“How I love your teachings! I think about them all day long.”
Ps 119:97 NCV

TREASURE GOD’S WORD (4)

You treasure God’s Word in three ways: (1) By researching it. This calls for writing down your thoughts about it. It also calls for asking the right questions, like: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? In other words, your Bible study should give you insight, not just information. (2) By remembering it. You may think your memory is poor, but you’ve already memorized millions of ideas and facts. The truth is, we remember what’s truly important to us! And there are enormous benefits to memorizing Scripture. It will help you resist temptation, make better decisions, reduce stress, build your confidence, stretch your thinking, and enable you to share your faith with others. Your memory is like a muscle; the more you use it the stronger it becomes. Start by writing down a verse that has helped you, then carry it with you on a small card. Review it aloud while you’re working, exercising, waiting, and before going to sleep. The key to memorizing Scripture is—review… review…review! (3) By reflecting on it. No other habit will do more to mature you spiritually than reflecting daily on God’s Word. As you do, you’re literally “transformed into his likeness” (2Co 3:18 NIV). God called David “a man after my own heart” (Ac 13:22 NIV). And how did he earn that distinction? Because he loved to reflect on God’s Word: “How I love your teachings! I think about them all day long.” The key to successful Christian living is yours when you treasure God’s Word.

Tuesday, April 24

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Jn 13:17 NIV

TREASURE GOD’S WORD (5)

Reading, receiving, researching, remembering, and reflecting on God’s Word are important, but we must respond to it and be “doers of the word” (Jas 1:22). This is the hardest step because Satan will fight you on it. You can be so busy going to the next church meeting, that you forget to put into practice what you learned at the last one. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Mt 7:24 NIV). God doesn’t bless you because you know the truth but because you obey it. “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” We’re inclined to avoid personal application because not only is it hard—in some cases it’s downright painful! Jesus said, “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32 NIV), but first it may make you uncomfortable. God’s Word reveals our motives, exposes our flaws, rebukes our sin, and demands change. That’s why it’s good to discuss your personal insights with others. We learn truths from other people that we’d never learn on our own. They help us to see and apply what we miss. They hold us accountable. One of the best ways to become “a doer of the Word” is to write down an action plan. It should be personal (involving you); practical (something you can do); provable (with a benchmark or deadline). In the words of D. L. Moody: “The Bible wasn’t given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.”